What do you do when your horse is naughty?

This post over at Horse Listening got me thinking. I have had my share of naughty horses, and the one thing that I can take away from my cumulative experience is that what works for one horse may not work for another. I have a zero tolerance for actual naughtiness (bucking, kicking out, getting light […]

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Can you tell that Dorothy Herbert liked to jump?

Dorothy Herbert (1910- 1994) was a circus performer. She started her career with Duffield’s performance horse troupe in AZ in 1925 but became a real star when she joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1930. When she started her career she was forbidden to trick ride because it was considered to be […]

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The gift of a horse to hunt

This week I’ve been very lucky and two friends gave me the gift of letting me hunt their horses. And I’ve still got this big old grin on my face from the treat. I have been feeling hunt deprived. I’m not horse deprived — I have Sheldon to ride, Curly to help get fit and […]

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The feeling of the perfect jump

There’s very little that compares to the feeling of nailing a jump — seeing the spot from a good distance back and riding forward into that spot so that each jump is right in stride. It’s exhilarating. It sounds easy. And sometimes it’s very difficult to achieve. Some days it seems like jumping is unbelievably […]

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Can your horse learn to love trails?

I’ve met several people who have told me that their horse “hates” trail riding — they are anxious, spooky and generally unpleasant to ride. Mostly, I think these are horses that were never properly introduced to the concept of trail riding. And with some patience and training, they can be turned into great trail partners. […]

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